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Amateur Radio Afloat and Portable

Let’s go fly a kite

it was windy enough today to try out my Chameleon Emcomm II on the river. Unfortunately too windy and gusts so the antenna wire kept dipping in the water. But I got the kite up in the air and could hear some stations on 20m so it’s working fine. i have also finished...

Power for the Raspberry Pi and Adafruit GPS hat

Instead of using a 12volt to USB power port which sometimes cause noise on lower HF bands I thought I would give this a try. its a UBEC DC-DC coverter which takes a 5.5 to 26volt input and gives us a steady 5volt supply and it supposed to have limited EM interference....

Adafruit GPS hat, with Real Time Clock for Raspberry Pi

I added the Adafruit GPS hat to my Raspberry Pi 3B+ today. As well as a GPS it has a real time clock, which should help the time accuracy of the Pi. My first problem was that I had to solder the GPIO connector on. Don’t look to close at the pic, it’s not very good...

Setting the Raspberry Pi System Time using a GPS

Having an accurate time source is important for some digital modes, and normally not a problem when your Raspberry Pi is connected to the internet. But what about when you are at sea or in the middle of the forest or anywhere else with no internet connection? I tried...

All in one Portable Modular Station

Last week I spent some time reading the posts in the Facebook group “RealHFMobile”, There are some members of the group who are having great success using Artificial Gound also known as Ground Tuning Units “GTU” attached to a trolly along with a whip antenna so that...

JS8Call – An overview for new users

Introduction   Back in March of 2018 I managed to get involved in the testing of some new software for Amateur Radio. I joined a very small team of Operators who were mainly in the USA but also three in Europe, including myself. This software was called FT8Call, the...

Icom 7300 Settings for Control via a USB Cable

This is how I have my Icom 7300 settings to control the Radio over the USB connection from a Computer for digital mode software such as JS8Call, Hamradio Deluxe and FLDigi. Open the settings screen and tap Connectors. Then set up each entry to match mine (adjust your...